In Kabul, Afghanistan The Afghan Ulema Council, which includes Muslim clerics, scholars and men of authority in religion and law, they issued a ruling, or a fatwa, declaring suicide attacks “haram” forbidden under Islamic law.

The council appealed to both the Afghan government forces and the Taliban and other militants to halt the fighting and agree on a cease-fire. It also called for peace negotiations between the two sides.

It’s the first time the council has issued such an appeal.

Ghofranullah Murad, a member of the council, read out a written statement from the gathering that said innocent Afghan men, women and children are the victims of war.

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